Many of the countryside places that we care for in the Lake District, along with our car parks, are open for local visitors to access for walks. Please book your visit to Sizergh, Allan Bank, Fell Foot, Hill Top, Acorn Bank and Steam Yacht Gondola in advance. There’s no need to book to visit places like Aira Force, Tarn Hows, or Borrowdale. We just ask that you come back another time if the car park is full.
Spot signs of spring in the gardens and estate at Sizergh. Stretch your legs in the woodlands and explore the wild-life rich wetlands on the wider estate too. Inside, the house is a treasure-trove of trinkets collected by 26 generations of the Strickland. Relax over a cuppa in the cafe, or takeaway to enjoy while you explore.
This lakeshore park with stunning mountain views is situated at the very southern tip of Lake Windermere. Stroll along paths to find flower meadows and the Pinetum – the park’s collection of specimen trees.
Spot signs of spring in the gardens at Acorn Bank. Discover thousands of daffodils, including the deliciously scented pheasant's eye daffodil, carpeting the estate. Walk among bluebells and wildflowers in the woodland and hear the first bleats of lambs as they frolic nearby.
Beatrix Potter's 17th-century farmhouse: a time-capsule of her life.
The cottage garden is a haphazard mix of flowers, herbs, fruit and vegetables. Make your way up the garden path and see for yourself why Beatrix loved this place.
Enjoy a springtime stroll through the gardens and woodlands at Allan Bank. Look out for swathes of ‘golden daffodils’ from the famous Wordsworth Poem, watch lambs frolicking in the fields or try and spot one of our resident red squirrels heading the feeders. Tuck in to a picnic on the lawn soaking up the views across Grasmere and Loughrigg fell.
The childhood home of William Wordsworth. Step into explore wildlife-rich woodlands and wetlands. stroll through the quiet walled garden where William learned his love of nature. Inside the Georgian townhouse, the rooms give a glimpse into life in the 1770s.
A traditional Lake District stone and slate farmhouse, full of intricately carved furniture and rare books. Step into the garden and enjoy far-reaching views over the Troutbeck valley.
Round off your day in the Langdales with a bite to eat at Sticklebarn. Enjoy drinks, brunch and light meals on the terrace overlooking the rugged scenery of Great Langdale Valley, or grab a hot drink, cake or ice cream to take away and enjoy as you explore.
Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, exploring the area by boat, going for an amble by a lakeshore, or mountain biking on off road trails, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in the Lake District to help you plan your day. Check capacity before you set off with the Safer Lakes car parking tool.
As the weather starts to turn warmer we're looking forward to spending the longer days outside. Whether that's wildlife spotting, lakeshore ambling or challenging yourself to a high fell, the Lake District has so much to offer.
On the hunt for a red squirrel, daffodil, bluebell, or simply just to enjoy the birdsong that surrounds us in the spring? The Lake District is waking up after the winter and as the days get longer and warmer, it's the perfect season to step outside.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, there's so much to explore on a holiday in the Lake District. Discover craggy fells, wildflower-rich meadows, traditional sheep farms and crystal-clear lakes. We have a wide range of accommodation across the Lake District, from lakeside cottages to rustic bothies and campsites for you to browse and plan your stay.